Materials Science News

CLAIRE – A New Breakthrough Technique for Non-invasive Nano-scale Imaging

May 26, 2015

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Scientists Develop New Technique for Non-invasive Nano-scale Imaging

Researchers have developed a new non-invasive nanoscale imaging technique that allows them to convert electron microscopy into a non-invasive imaging modality for studying soft materials and providing spectrally specific information about them on the nanoscale. Soft matter encompasses a broad swath of materials, including liquids, polymers, gels, foam and – most importantly – biomolecules. At […]

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Cell-Squeezing Device Opens New Possibilities for Cell-Based Vaccines

May 22, 2015

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Cell Squeezing Device Opens New possibilities for Cell-Based Vaccines

A newly published study details how researchers from MIT developed a new microfluidic cell-squeezing device, opening new possibilities for cell-based vaccines. MIT researchers have shown that they can use a microfluidic cell-squeezing device to introduce specific antigens inside the immune system’s B cells, providing a new approach to developing and implementing antigen-presenting cell vaccines. Such […]

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New High Speed Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing Process for Graphene

May 21, 2015

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High Speed Roll to Roll Manufacturing of Graphene

Engineers from MIT and the University of Michigan have developed a new manufacturing process that could help bring graphene and other 2D materials to commercial products. Graphene is a material with a host of potential applications, including in flexible light sources, solar panels that could be integrated into windows, and membranes to desalinate and purify […]

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Researchers Control Light Emission by Pairing Exotic 2D Materials

May 20, 2015

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Researchers Control Light Emission by Pairing 2D Materials

By applying a DC voltage to layers of graphene and boron nitride, researchers have demonstrated the ability to control light emission from a nearby atom. Researchers have found a way to couple the properties of different two-dimensional materials to provide an exceptional degree of control over light waves. They say this has the potential to […]

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How Bombardier Beetles Produce an Explosive Chemical Jet

May 1, 2015

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How Bombardier Beetles Produce an Explosive Defensive Chemical Jet

An newly published study form MIT reveals how bombardier beetles superheat liquid and expel it in an intense, pulsating jet as a defensive mechanism. Bombardier beetles, which exist on every continent except Antarctica, have a pretty easy life. Virtually no other animals prey on them, because of one particularly effective defense mechanism: When disturbed or […]

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Implantable Device Allows Doctors to Identify the Best Chemotherapy Agents

April 24, 2015

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Implantable Device Tests Cancer Drugs in Patients

A team of engineers has developed a new implantable device that will allow doctors to test the effectiveness of cancer drugs and to identify drugs that work best for each patient prior to starting systemic administration of chemotherapy. More than 100 drugs have been approved to treat cancer, but predicting which ones will help a […]

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Artificial Photosynthesis System Poses Win/Win for the Environment

April 22, 2015

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Researchers Perform Solar-powered Green Chemistry with Captured CO2

Researchers from the Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley have created an artificial photosynthesis system that synthesizes the combination of carbon dioxide and water into acetate, the most common building block today for biosynthesis. A potentially game-changing breakthrough in artificial photosynthesis has been achieved with the development of a system that can capture carbon dioxide emissions […]

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Yale Engineers Design Metallic Glass Nanostructures of Tunable Shape

April 22, 2015

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New Research Details Metallic Glass Nanostructures of Tunable Shape

Engineers from Yale University have developed a unique method for designing metallic glass nanostructures of tunable shape and composition, enabling the fabrication of an array of new materials. Metallic glass, a class of materials that offers both pliability and strength, is poised for a friendly takeover of the chemical landscape. Yale University engineers have found […]

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Double-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Display Singular Qualities

April 16, 2015

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Double-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Have Singular Qualities

In a newly published study, researchers at Rice University demonstrated that two walls are better than one when turning carbon nanotubes into materials like strong, conductive fibers or transistors. Rice materials scientist Enrique Barrera and his colleagues used atomic-level models of double-walled nanotubes to see how they might be tuned for applications that require particular […]

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New “Tandem” Solar Cell to Harnesses More Sunlight

March 24, 2015

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New Tandem Solar Cell Harnesses More Sunlight

By combining two types of photovoltaic material, researchers from MIT and Stanford have developed a new “tandem” solar cell that harnesses more sunlight. Researchers at MIT and Stanford University have developed a new kind of solar cell that combines two different layers of sunlight-absorbing material in order to harvest a broader range of the sun’s […]

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Researchers Develop a Better Method for Making Perovskite Solar Cells

March 23, 2015

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Faster, Cooler, Thinner, Better Perovskite Solar Cells

Using perovskite, engineers from Brown University have developed a cheap, efficient alternative to silicon-based solar cells. Providence, Rhode Island (Brown University) — Research led by a Brown University Ph.D. student has revealed a new way to make light-absorbing perovskite films for use in solar cells. The new method involves a room-temperature solvent bath to create […]

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New Technique Offers Direct Stimulation of Neurons Without External Connections

March 13, 2015

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New Technique Could Lead to Long-Lasting Localized Stimulation of Brain Tissue

Using external magnetic fields and injected magnetic nanoparticles, a new technique developed by researchers at MIT could lead to long-lasting localized stimulation of brain tissue without external connections. This video shows a calcium ion influx into neurons as a result of magnetothermal excitation with alternating magnetic fields in the presence of magnetic nanoparticles. Neurons on […]

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EPFL Sheds New Light on the Fundamental Mechanisms of Heat Dissipation in Graphene

March 6, 2015

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Researchers Shed New Light on the Fundamental Mechanisms of Heat Dissipation in Graphene

Scientists from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne shed new light on the fundamental mechanisms of heat dissipation in graphene and other two-dimensional materials. In the race to miniaturize electronic components, researchers are challenged with a major problem: the smaller or the faster your device, the more challenging it is to cool it down. One solution […]

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3D Graphene Aerogel Catalyst Shows Promise for Fuel Cells

March 2, 2015

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3D Aerogel Shows Promise for Fuel Cells

New research from Rice University shows that graphene nanoribbons formed into a three-dimensional aerogel and enhanced with boron and nitrogen are excellent catalysts for fuel cells. A team led by materials scientist Pulickel Ajayan and chemist James Tour made metal-free aerogels from graphene nanoribbons and various levels of boron and nitrogen to test their electrochemical […]

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New Technique Could Enable Low-Cost Silicon Devices in Fibers

February 24, 2015

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New Approach Could Enable Low-Cost Silicon Devices in Fibers

In a newly published study, researchers from MIT detail a new inexpensive approach to generating silicon-core fibers. Scientists have known how to draw thin fibers from bulk materials for decades. But a new approach to that old method, developed by researchers at MIT, could lead to a whole new way of making high-quality fiber-based electronic […]

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Orbital Engineering, Yale Engineers Change Electron Trajectories

February 10, 2015

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Engineers Change Electron Trajectories

In a newly published study, engineers demonstrate a novel approach to substantially modify orbital occupations and symmetries in electronically correlated oxides. How do you make nickel look and behave like copper? A team of scientists at Yale University has done just that by developing a novel technique to artificially alter a material’s atomic properties by […]

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Crystal Boundaries Can Enhance, or Reduce, Hydrogen Embrittlement

February 5, 2015

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Analysis Shows How to Prevent Metal Embrittlement

A newly published study from MIT details how certain crystal boundaries can enhance, or reduce, the damaging effects that lead to metal embrittlement. When a metal tube lines an oil well thousands of feet below the surface of the ocean, that metal had better be solid and reliable. Unfortunately, the environment in such deep wells […]

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